Latika Nath: ‘The Tiger Princess’

Latika Nath is the first woman wildlife biologist in India to hold a doctorate on tigers and entered the field of tiger conservation at a time when no holistic scientific work had been done on the tiger in India. Nath is a wildlife biologist with a D.Phil on Tiger Conservation and Management from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (Wild CRU ) and Christ Church, University of Oxford. 

She has worked since 1990 for the conservation of tigers in India. In May 2020, she was bestowed with the honorary title of “Her Daringness” by Mr. Nitin Gupta (Former Ministerial Adviser, Australia) in a cover story based on Latika’s life and work, and featuring her work on wildlife conservation. While others had been fascinated by technology and other advancements around them, Latika had a different approach to fascination. She spent much of her childhood visiting wilderness areas with her parents and received her sense of ecological ethics from them. Nath graduated in Environmental science from the University of Delhi and was awarded a Chevening Award by The British Council to complete a Masters in Rural Resource Management from the University College of North Wales, Bangor, UK. She then obtained her D. Phil under the guidance of Prof. David Macdonald at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), Department of Zoology, Christ Church, Oxford. She was awarded a Research Fellowship at the Wildlife Institute of India and worked on Human-Elephant conflict resolution issues.

Featuring her work, in 2001, she was awarded the title of ‘The Tiger Princess’ by National Geographic who featured her in a one hour documentary film.

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